Anger as Addiction

Anger has been on my mind.

This On Being episode was timely for me.

Here is an excerpt from the authors’ new book:

There are all too many of them, a host of powerful forces within our minds, obsessive desire, burning anger, haunting jealousy, stressful competitiveness, foolish pride, stubborn delusion and self-righteous conviction. They are addictive energies, in that they take hold of us from within by seeming to enhance our energy and expand our being, only to let us down all too soon and leave us in an even more vulnerable situation. The Buddhist word for them (Sanskrit klesha, Pali, kilesa) comes from the verb root klish-, which means “twist,” “torment.” They harm us without fail, and so definitely qualify as enemies.

What do you think of anger being an addition?

What role does anger play in your life?

 

See you on Sunday.  

Remember to bring canned vegetables.

Kit

 

 

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